Inter Miami CF added an MLS veteran to its defensive ranks Monday by signing free agent defender A.J. DeLaGarza.
DeLaGarza, 32, is primarily a right back and has spent the past three seasons with the Houston Dynamo. From 2009-16, he represented the LA Galaxy, where he won three MLS Cups and, from 2009-12, shared the locker room with current Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham.
DeLaGarza tore his anterior cruciate ligament at the end of the 2017 season, but was otherwise a regular contributor with Houston. He’s recorded two goals in 261 regular season games. DeLaGarza also played in a pair of friendlies for the U.S. men’s national team in 2012, but changed his affiliation in 2013 to Guam, for which he has made 14 appearances.
“His versatility and experience are vital for the club,” Miami sporting director Paul McDonaugh said in a prepared statement. “Pair that was his leadership ability, and he will be able to come into preseason ready to contribute.”
DeLaGarza is Miami’s 17th signing.